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Quadriceps Thigh Strain: Chiropractic

  The quadriceps muscle consists of four muscles in front of the thigh that connects to the knee right below the knee cap. These muscles straighten the knee for walking, running, and jumping. They also help bend the knee for squatting. They move the leg forward when running and fire/transmit electrical impulses when the foot hits the ground to absorb shock. When jumping, the muscles provide stability coming down as well as when standing on one leg. Quadriceps Strain Thigh strains are common in sports. Most players are sidelined because of this injury when compared to strains in the hamstrings or groin. Factors that can increase the risk of injury include: Exhaustion Muscle weakness The strength of the quadriceps to the hamstrings is uneven, causing one set to get overused. Consistent sprinting and/or kicking Previous strain and/or injury The quadriceps is made up of four muscles.  One is the rectus femoris, which gets injured the most. It's the only muscle that crosses two joints

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A Teenagers Spine During Development

  Teenagers just like adults can experience back pain from accidents, sports injuries, a sedentary lifestyle, part-time jobs, chores, etc. However, sitting too long in school along with heavy backpacks can also contribute to compromised spinal health. Poor spinal health in adolescence can lead to chronic pain in adulthood. Chiropractic professionals can help these young individuals address and prevent spinal issues/injuries to maintain a healthy spine. Teenagers Spine Issues  If discomfort or pain presents many just push through, as they and their spines are young. There are common spinal dysfunctions that teens and parents should be aware of, these include: Disc injuries Teenagers can put a serious strain on the spine from various forms of physical activity, jumping, dancing, and playing. This pressure gets transmitted through the spine. During a teenager's development, this can result in permanent disc damage. Scoliosis A spinal deformity or exaggerated curvature of the spine is

Yoga Has Been Shown To Help Reverse Scoliosis

  A non-invasive method of treating scoliosis. Yoga Has Been Shown To Help Reverse Scoliosis. Scoliosis is the lateral curvature of the spine. The spine bends inward toward the front of the body at the neck region and lower back region. This curve is known as lordosis and bows outward in the middle-back region. This is known as kyphosis. If the spine curves to the side, this could indicate curvature that could be scoliosis. It can be painful and often can affect an individual's appearance once the measurement goes beyond 25 - 30 degrees. One shoulder is usually higher than the other, and clothing cannot fit properly. If the curve goes beyond 60 degrees, it can affect breathing and cardiac function. Idiopathic Causes Unknown This condition can consist of various components, especially with more intense curves. The ribs can shift backward on the side where the curve bulges. Most cases consist of adolescent idiopathic (without a known cause) scoliosis. Because the cause is unknown, th

Adult Scoliosis: Diagnosis, Measurements, and Chiropractic

  Scoliosis in adolescents and teens can be corrected with proper bracing, adjustments and lead a normal life. For adult scoliosis correcting the problem is more difficult. Fortunately, cases of adult scoliosis are rare. Scoliosis cases that follow from childhood into adulthood require a comprehensive diagnosis to determine severity. Thoracolumbar scoliosis adult-onset scoliosis requires an understanding of the catalysts to develop an effective treatment plan. Chiropractors use a full range of diagnostic tools to measure the severity of adult scoliosis. Diagnosis Adult scoliosis is the presentation of abnormal curvature of the spine. It can happen in the thoracic, lumbar spine, or both. This can have varying degrees of severity. Severe adult scoliosis can be apparent through visual assessment and examination. Cases that are not as obvious require utilizing diagnostic tools. These include: Imaging X-rays will show any asymmetry that is associated with scoliosis. This asymmetry can be pr

Bursitis Types

  Bursitis types: This is a condition that affects the bursae, which are the small, fluid-filled sacs that provide cushion for the: Muscles Tendons Bones near joints The bursae make it easier for tissues to slide over each other. The body has around one hundred and sixty bursae. However, only a few become clinically affected. These include the: Wrist Elbow Shoulder Hips Knees The base of the big toe and heel The condition typically presents near joints constantly being used repetitively, like a job, sports, house/yard chores, etc. What happens is one or more of the bursae sacs become inflamed, resulting in pain. Causes Inflamed or irritated bursae typically cause it from overuse or intense/vigorous activity. It can also be caused by bacterial infection. Arthritis and gout can also cause bursitis. Another cause is age. As tendons age, they can tear easily, lose their elasticity, and can't take too much stress. Intense physical activities can lead to bursitis. These include: Garde

Spinal Surgery Options

Surgery options when back pain is becoming chronic or so severe that an individual cannot function normally and negatively affects their life. Pretty much everyone experiences back pain at some point. This is often from: Lifting heavy/non-heavy objects incorrectly Improper posture Twisting in an awkward way Overreaching Muscle spasms Physical activity the body is not used to doing Most cases of backaches and pain go away by themselves or with conservative treatment.  But sometimes, surgery is necessary. When Surgery Is Necessary Acute back pain can last for days or weeks and can often resolve with physical therapy, chiropractic, and self-care. Back pain that continues for 12 weeks or longer is considered chronic. Around twenty percent of individuals who experience acute low back pain after a year begin developing chronic back pain. Doctors try to treat most back pain cases with non-surgical approaches. They usually begin with physical therapy/chiropractic. If that doesn't work, th

Healthy Pregnancy With Chiropractic Treatment

  Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life. A healthy pregnancy is the objective, and therefore, essential to maintain a healthy diet and stay physically active. However, it can be easy to forget about the strain that pregnancy places on the body and push through the aches and pain with everything going on. Specifically the spine and pelvis. During pregnancy, the body goes through various changes to accommodate the growing baby. When pregnant, a hormone known as relaxin is released. This relaxes the joints for labor and delivery. Sometimes the ligaments can become too loose that they become structurally unstable. This causes pain. Other factors that can lead to spine misalignment and pain: 25 - 30 lbs of added weight and pressure on the spine, pelvis, legs, feet. Weakened abdominal muscles. Lower back curvature becomes more prominent. Pregnant women going through discomfort/pain can benefit from chiropractic pregnancy adjustments. These maintain spinal alignment while keeping t

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